NEWC Wildlife Rehabilitation 

Methods Course

Expert preparation to help wildlife in your community

There are so many animals in need of care, NEWCS welcomes the help of permitted wildlife rehabilitators who can help wildlife recover from sickness and injury.

We offer this course twice a year to help people interested in becoming a permitted wildlife rehabilitator prepare for the Massachusetts State Wildlife Rehabilitators exam.  The exam is offered free to everyone who participates in this course and will be proctored by Mass Wildlife.

We have restructured the wildlife rehab course into four – 4 hour sessions taught via Zoom. The course will focus on materials covered on the exam and basic rehabbing skills. 

The cost of the course is $400 and must be paid in full prior to the first class.  How do I pay?

The course is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.  A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Please include your phone number and email with deposit.

Upcoming sessions

Spring 2024
9am-1pm Saturday March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. 

Location: Via Zoom

Cost: $400
NOTE: The registration fee must be paid in full on or by February 9, 2024.

For more information about registering and paying for the course, contact Kristin at (781) 682-4878 x 120.

What Will I Learn in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Methods Course?

NEWCS’ Wildlife Rehabilitation Methods teaches you the information you need to successfully care for and release animals back into the wild.

NEWCS instructors include Dr. Greg Mertz, Dr. Priya Patel, Dr. Tess Gannaway, Zak Mertz, and NEWCS wildlife staff.  The material taught is covered by the Massachusetts wildlife rehabilitation examination, including:

  • Natural history
  • Medical techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Ethics
  • Housing and husbandry
  • Release criteria
  • Euthanasia
  • Wound care
  • Feeding

This course does not provide you with a permit to conduct wildlife rehabilitation.  Those permits are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in accordance with 321 CMR 2.13 and by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife.

At the end of each session, the State of Massachusetts will administer the wildlife rehabilitation examination.

What Is the Cost of this Course?

The cost of the NEWC Wildlife Rehabilitation Methods Course is $400 and must be paid in full prior to the first class of the session.  The state exam is free for all students of the course.

A non-refundable $100 deposit will hold your place in this course. The class is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.

You can pay by:

  • Check. Please make your check out to New England Wildlife Center with “Rehab Course” in the memo line and include your full address,  phone number and email. You can drop off or mail the check to 500 Columbian Street, South Weymouth, MA 02190.
  • Credit Card. Payment can be made over the phone by calling Kristin at (781) 682-4878 ext 120.
  • Cash. DO NOT MAIL CASH!  Please bring to the Center at 500 Columbian Street, South Weymouth, MA  02190 and please call first to coordinate drop off
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